Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UConn's numbers away from home downright frightening

I know it is a small sample since UConn has only played on the road in two of the first six games of the season but there have been some absolutely dreadful offensive numbers put up by the Huskies in road games.

There are 128 teams playing at the Football Bowl Subdivision level this season and UConn is tied for 127th with Wake Forest with an average of 9.5 first downs per game, is 127th (only ahead of Eastern Michigan) in scoring offense with an average of 8.5 points per game which includes a defensive touchdown. The Huskies are also 122nd in tackles for loss allowed and passing offense.

Wait, there is more.

UConn is the only FBS team yet to have a red-zone conversion in road or neutral site games. What's worse is that the Huskies have made it into the red zone on one of 21 offensive drives in the losses to South Florida and Tulane. UConn is dead last, counting all games, in red zone offense scoring points seven times in 14 trips to the red zone. The Huskies are also at the bottom with the 21 percent ratio of scoring touchdowns during trips to the red zone. The site I use for my research only goes back to 2008 and no FBS team during that time failed to hit the 30 percent mark in touchdown/red zone trips ratio. The scary part is that other than Temple, East Carolina is ranked higher in total defense than any of the teams the Huskies have faced this season.

Thankfully the NCAA doesn't chart the number of drives under 10 yards but on the road 14 of the 21 offensive possessions would fall into that category.

"Most of the mistakes we have made are mental mistakes," UConn senior offensive guard Gus Cruz said. "We have a lot of young guys in there and everybody has made mistakes. We have let a couple of 'backers free and allowed them to make tackles for TFLs (tackles for loss). We have to eliminate those. We have to buckle down with the technique and be physical with them and we are going to be able to accomplish the things we sent forth."

Not wanting to be only the bearer of bad news, I can report that in road/neutral site games UConn is ranked second in pass defense, fifth in scoring defense and sixth in total defense. There's some other impressive defensive numbers that I was able to research and I will be sharing those later on today.

The site for the Newark Star-Ledger has an online poll to see who is the best receiver/tight end in New Jersey.

UConn commits Tyraiq Beals and Ian Campbell are among the choices. Beals is currently No. 2 on the list receiving 300 of the 2,519 votes while Campbell has received nine votes. The poll is open until Monday.

For people into such things, the betting line for tomorrow's game continues to grow. It is up the Pirates being favored by 28 points.

The site lists lines for 48 FBS games and the UConn/ECU contest matches Marshall being favored by 28 against Florida Atlantic as the most lopsided line this week.



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